Anthurium Care Indoors

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Anthurium Care Indoors
If you have just received an anthurium plant, congratulations! This beautiful flowering plant is sure to brighten up any room.

Key Takeaways:

  • Anthuriums flourish in a mix of 60% coco coir and 40% perlite which ensures moisture retention and swift drainage.
  • Propagation is straightforward through division or stem cuttings.
  • Common issues like yellowing leaves or premature flower fading can be tackled by adjusting watering schedules,
  • Regular fertilization, or relocating the plant to a shadier location can help.

In order to keep your anthurium looking its best, however, you will need to learn about some basic anthurium care indoors.

In this blog post, we will discuss the proper way to water and fertilize an anthurium plant, soil type, propagation as well as how to deal with common problems growing anthurium. 

What Is An Anthurium?

Red Anthurium Anthuriums are a type of flowering plant that is native to Central and South America. Also known as flamingo flowers.

Anthuriums are known for their vibrant red, pink, or white flowers. The flowers are actually not petals, but thick, waxy leaves that grow on a stalk.

Anthuriums can typically be found in rainforests where some grow as epiphytes although some are terrestrial.  They are often grown as houseplants.

There are many different species of this plant and although red flowers are most common they can be found in green, white, pink, purple, and mixes of these colors.

However, all anthuriums share one key trait: they produce a substance called oxalic acid, which is toxic to humans and animals if ingested. As a result, it is important to keep anthurium plants out of reach of children and pets.

Anthurium Care Indoors

Purple AnthuriumAnthurium plants are not hard to grow indoors provided you meet a few growing requirements.

They also can produce their flowers year round so if you want an easy-to-care-for houseplant that flowers indoors anthurium might be just what you are looking for.

Anthurium Care In A Nutshell

Anthuriums are beautiful plants that thrive in warm, humid environments.

They require bright, indirect light and prefer to be kept out of direct sunlight.

If you are growing your anthurium indoors, placing it near an east-facing window is ideal.

Anthuriums also need to be watered regularly, as they are native to tropical rainforests and require moist soil.

However, be sure to allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings, as too much moisture can lead to root rot.

With a little bit of proper care, your anthurium will thrive and provide you with beautiful blooms for years to come. So let’s get into it.

Anthurium Lighting

While the anthurium is a relatively easy plant to care for, it does have specific lighting requirements.

The ideal location for an anthurium is in a spot that receives bright indirect sunlight.

An east window works great for this. A south or west-facing window might be too bright.

But you can use them if there are curtains to filter some of the light or you place the plant several feet away from them.

If the leaves start to turn yellow, this could indicate that the plant is getting too much light.

On the other hand, if the flowers begin to fade, this means that the plant is not getting enough light.

In general, it is best to err on the side of too little light rather than too much. With proper care, an anthurium can be a stunning addition to any home.

Watering anthurium plants

Watering red anthurium plants can seem daunting, but with a little know-how, it can be easy to keep your plants healthy and hydrated.

The first thing to remember is that different plants have different watering needs.

Anthuriums are native to tropical rainforests and also prefer high humidity.

As a result, they should be watered more frequently than some other plants.

To water your red anthurium, soak the soil thoroughly and then allow it to drain completely. Be careful not to over water, as this can lead to root rot.

If you’re unsure how often to water, err on the side of caution and check the soil before watering. The soil should be moist but not soggy. 

Your plant can also benefit from high humidity so it will enjoy misting. Keeping it in a pebble tray can also help increase humidity.

Anthurium Temperature

Anthuriums are tropical plants and they enjoy being kept warm. They will suffer at temperatures below 60°.

They will be happiest at 65-85 degrees and will do best at the higher end of this range.

Fertilizing anthurium plants

Fertilizing anthurium plants is important to encourage healthy growth and avoid nutrient deficiencies.

However, it’s important to not over-fertilize, as this can lead to issues such as leaf burn.

The best way to fertilize anthuriums is to use a balanced fertilizer that has been diluted to half-strength.

For best results, apply the fertilizer every month during the growing season.

To keep your anthurium flowering you can use a fertilizer that is higher in phosphorus (the middle number) such as in a bloom formula.

In addition, be sure to flush the potting mix with clear water every six months to prevent the build-up of fertilizer salts. 

Anthurium Soil

Because anthurium needs to be watered frequently it needs a well-draining potting mix.

Some recommend potting mix with added perlite and others recommend using a cactus or succulent mix.

I prefer to use coco coir because it holds water well but drains fast. I would use a 60/40 mix of coco coir and perlite for this plant.

Anthurium Propagation

Anthurium can be grown from seeds but it can take 3-4 years before you see any blooms. This is too long to wait for most people.

Fortunately, if you already have an anthurium plant you can use it to propagate more. 

The easiest way is to propagate by division. When the pot starts to get crowded you will need to repot your anthurium.

This is the perfect time to use a sharp knife and divide the root ball into several sections with roots and tops that have some leaves.

Simply repot these in fresh potting mix. You should always use a pot slightly larger than your root ball.

Another way you can propagate anthurium is by taking stem cuttings. You need a stem with 2 or 3 nodes and some leaves attached. You can treat the end with rooting hormone and place it in moist soil to root. Some people put the stem in water to root it. 

Your plant will also grow aerial roots as it gets more crowded in its pot.

If you look you may find a stem that you can remove and repot with the aerial roots attached.

Common problems with anthurium plants and how to solve them

Anthurium plants are one of the most popular choices for indoor flowers, thanks to their beautiful blooms.

One of the most common problems is that the leaves turn yellow and drop off.

This can be caused by several factors, including too much or too little water, a lack of nutrients, overwatering, or exposure to drafts.

If your anthurium’s leaves are turning yellow, try adjusting its watering schedule and fertilizing it regularly.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, you may need to move it to a warmer location.

Another common issue is that the flowers fade prematurely. This can be caused by too much direct sunlight.

If your anthurium is getting too much sun, try moving it to a shadier spot. 

Anthurium FAQ

Anthurium plants are a charming addition to your indoor plant collection, exhibiting lush foliage alongside vibrant blooms.

Cultivating anthuriums may present a few questions as one navigates their care routine, propagation, and common issues encountered.

The following FAQs aim to provide thorough insights to ensure your anthurium plants flourish, making your gardening endeavor a rewarding experience.

From soil preferences to tackling common problems, these guidelines will help in maintaining a healthy, blooming anthurium plant.

Q. What is the ideal soil mix for anthuriums?

A. A mix of 60% coco coir and 40% perlite is ideal, ensuring good water retention while allowing excess water to drain quickly.

Q. How can I propagate my anthurium plant?

A. Propagation can be done by division during repotting or by taking stem cuttings with 2 or 3 nodes, and rooting them in moist soil or water.

Q. Why are the leaves on my anthurium turning yellow?

A. Yellowing leaves can be a sign of overwatering, under-watering, nutrient deficiency, or exposure to cold drafts.

Adjusting watering schedules and fertilizing regularly can often remedy this issue.

Q. My anthurium’s flowers fade prematurely, what could be the cause?

A. Premature fading of flowers is often due to excessive direct sunlight.

Relocating the plant to a spot with bright, indirect light can help in preserving the vibrancy of the flowers.

Q. How often should I fertilize my anthurium?

A. A general-purpose fertilizer applied once a month is usually sufficient.

Remember to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package to avoid over-fertilization, which could harm the plant.

Anthurium Care Plant Final Thoughts

No matter what type of gardening you do, having beautiful plants in your home or yard always brings a smile to your face. One plant that is sure to please is the anthurium.

With its striking blooms, lush foliage, and easy-care requirements, the red anthurium is a great choice for even the most novice gardener.

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your red anthurium plant for many years to come:

• Place your plant in a location with bright, indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, so it’s best to err on the side of caution.

• Water regularly, but allow the soil to dry out somewhat between watering. Overwatering is one of the most common causes of death for anthuriums.

• Fertilize once a month using a general-purpose fertilizer. Be sure to follow the directions on the package carefully to avoid overfertilizing, which can burn the roots and damage the plant.

With just a little bit of care, your red anthurium will thrive and bring you enjoyment for many years to come!

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